Winner – Golden Crown Literary Society, Best Debut Fiction
Jeanne Winer’s adroit first novel, The Furthest City Light, grabbed me without apology, took me away from this world and refused to let me back until I finished every word. With a hunger that surprised me, I followed Rachel’s quietly extraordinary transformation. As a criminal defense attorney in Colorado who drops everything to join a ragtag volunteer group in Nicaragua, Rachel is—on every page of this remarkable book—literally and figuratively fighting for her life. I didn’t simply care about her, she became family. The Furthest City Light is a page-turner with a bittersweet humor and meaty insightfulness all its own. You will laugh, cry and, if you’re a writer, wish you’d written it yourself.
Daniela Kuper, Author of Hunger and Thirst
Jeanne Winer is a heart-breaking novelist who keeps us laughing while she lays bare the perils of idealism and the fragility of love. Whether she is writing about lesbian relationships or the Nicaraguan revolution, Winer holds close to uncomfortable truths without diminishing anybody. She’s a rarity among writers: smart, witty, and fundamentally humane.
Kat Duff, Author of The Alchemy of Illness and the forthcoming The Secret Life of Sleep
A reader once again learns about the limitations of the U.S. legal system when it comes to “justice,” as well as the meaning of the term “freedom fighter” in relation to a Latin America under siege—all delivered from the perspective of an empathetic public defender with a personal life. Even more beguiling, however, is the narrator herself: an educated cool hand Luke with a keen sense of the ironic and a commitment to upholding human rights at home and afar. Winer’s narrator exhibits the “bob and weave” moves of a prizefighter, the humor of a Woody Allen, and the courage and heart of everybody’s favorite under-dog. When she falls, we fall; when she emerges, washed up on the beach but wiser, we are the ones who learn a thing or two about what it means to be human.
Sawnie Morris has won a Poetry Society of America Award and was co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award for The Sound a Raven Makes.
Don’t miss this deeply thought provoking story of a journey of life-and-death encounters on a variety of levels with grave decisions to be made along the way. Winer has, indeed, given us plenty to think about in The Furthest City Light. You’ll ache toward the conclusion.
In The Furthest City Light, her debut novel released in December, Winer draws upon her 35-year career as a criminal defense attorney. Emotionally charged with Winer’s voice, the book is a fast-paced legal drama filled with urgent tension.
Boulder Weekly, Arts & Culture
Winer’s first novel follows Rachel on a journey that takes her from a jail cell in Boulder, Colorado to the dangerous Nicaraguan countryside as she searches for answers that are always one step away. The Furthest City Light is a story of strength, understanding and love. You don’t want to miss it!
LGBT Bar Association Book Review
“I guess the way to judge the success or failure of a first person narrative is whether a reader, after the final credits roll, cares about the narrator and wants to know more about her life. I did and I do. Congratulations to Ms. Winer – The Furthest City Light is an engrossing great read.”
By Janet Walker of Bookpleasures.com
As of February 26, 2013, The Furthest City Light has been on the Boulder Bookstore’s bestseller list for ten weeks. It is currently #3 on the list.